2013 Hyundai Veloster – Review

2013 Hyundai Veloster – Review

Hatchbacks are always in demand in the American market and now Hyundai has decided to upgrade the 2012 Hyundai Veloster to offer more speed and performance to the consumers. The all new 2013 Hyundai Veloster gets more power and exterior looks that make it one of the desirable hatchbacks in the market. While Hyundai has managed to secure a better position in the American market the Korean carmaker has been trying to offer more options and choices to the consumers to get into the top automaker category. Here we take a quick look at the top features of the vehicle in the 2013 Hyundai Veloster review below.

Exterior

In terms of exterior styling, Hyundai Veloster is far different from other hatchbacks and this time Hyundai designers have redesigned the car to make it look different than the 2012 model.

This funky hatchback has great appearance and to some extent it looks like a coupe that has only two doors thanks to the rear door that has been designed to blend with the design of the vehicle. The hatchback has sporty appearance and looks aggressive as well which makes it appealing to young car buyers.

The front fascia of the hatchback gets some upgrade with new grille and air vents that are sculpted well into the design. The fog lights are fitted well on both sides of the air vents and the headlights combine into the character lines that flows on the side profile of the car.

Performance

The all new 2013 Hyundai Veloster comes with 1.6 liter four cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 132 lb feet of torque. In terms of torque the new version performs better. The engine is mated with six speed manual transmission but six speed automatic transmission is optional also known as DCT transmission.

The car accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds which is not exactly swift for a hatchback. The DCT equipped Veloster is a second slower in terms of acceleration mainly because of decrease in power. The base model offers fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined. The DCT version offers 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.

The Turbo version gets new turbocharged 1.6 liter four cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 195 lb feet of torque. The new turbo Veloster offers 63 horsepower and 72 lb feet of torque more than the earlier version. The engine is mated with six speed manual transmission or automatic transmission which is optional. The Turbo Veloster accelerates in 7.7 seconds which is yet again not the fastest while offering fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined.

Safety

2013 Hyundai Veloster comes with standard safety features like ABS, stability control, traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Like the earlier version it also gets Hyundai’s BlueLink which offers automatic crash notifications, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlock, stolen vehicle tracking and vehicle alarm notification.

Interior

The most striking feature about the new 2013 Hyundai Veloster is the three door layout. This offers more convenience to the passengers to get in and out and also to load parcels in the cargo area.

The hatchback offers more space and comfort and plenty of leg space compared to other hatchbacks in the same segment. However, the sloping rear roof line makes it bit inconvenient for tall passengers to seat on the rear seat. The car offers 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space which is good enough.

The controls are pretty sensible and offer simplicity to get all the standard electronics and entertainment interface.

Price

2013 Hyundai Veloster base model is available in the market for $17,600.

Conclusion

While 2013 Hyundai Veloster gets an upgrade in terms of exterior style and new turbo engine that can perform better than the 2012 Veloster. However, Veloster still has lot of competition from other hatchbacks that can perform better. In terms of performance Veloster will have tough competition with Mini Cooper and VW Beetle and Fiat 500 but in terms of overall package Hyundai Veloster is a good deal offering more options at a low price.

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